Why does peace elude the Valley?

Why does peace elude the Valley?

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-07-14 18:31 When Narendra Modi decided to experiment with PDP to bring peace to the Valley, many hoped for a brighter future. But, unfortunately, it failed to yield the desired result. Nothing much has changed for people here. For, PDP operates on the ideology of self-rule as a political philosophy and is opposed to autonomy. Although the BJP-PDP combination was partially successful, life is still the same for people here. Reasons are plenty. To name a few, the neighbouring Pakistan, rise of ISIS, Islamaphobia, Hindu nationalist phobia and such. We could pass the ‘blame game’ all around and no convincing solution or answer will ever emerge from these narrow arguments, unless we change strategy. We need to address the source and nullify it. So then, what is the solution? The solution, according to me, is to tackle the ideologues who sit in air-conditioned bungalows and provoke people with hatred but sublime messages. Moreover, the media should not give over publicity to any terrorist attack over there. For, whenever, a terrorist attack takes place there is a blanket-coverage of the incident. This according to me gives undue attention to architects of those attacks and are sure to get their point across. Merchants of hatred thrive on anonymity and some project an image of piety. These are the kind of people who have the maximum skeletons in the cupboard. Instead, the media need to put these sympathisers in a spotlight and discredit their philosophy, openly. This would certainly blunt their credibility. Also, it would discourage those radicalizing the gullible people. We spend millions on security forces and on handouts to the victims and their families. If we could spend a fraction of this amount on identifying and discrediting so-called ideologues, it would eliminate the source of hatred to a certain extent. To combat terrorism and its affiliates, the only answer is psychological warfare with a political will which is centrist in approach. I would like to quote Dwight E Eisenhower….. “The extremes to the right and left of any political dispute are always wrong. The middle road is all the usable surface. The extremes of right and left are in the gutters.” So, we as a society and nation have to reject separatism, whatever the source is. To achieve this, we need to discredit the voices from the gutters. Author: Kengal Shreepada Renu, is the grandson of Kengal Hanumanthaiah, second chief minister of Karnataka. He did his engineering from UVCE and MBA in International Finance from University of Central Oklahoma, US. He is an expert on policy matters.